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just ten seconds to go, christina. we're hearing them get to it right now. there it is. the markets have closed on this day. that was bad on this week. that was bad. it will take some time to adjust. but right now it looks as if the dow lost more than 500 points in one day. it's been several days since the market has lost this much this weekly, christina. >> since 2011 actually. analysts and strategists have called this the most unloved bull market. we've had a bull market since 2009. we haven't had a correction since 2011. so there are these emerging market meltdown, oil prices going down, plus against the backdrop there are investors out there that say hey, the market has been disconnected from the fundamentals for a while here. and this is an overdue correction here. just to make the distinction
between a short-term move and a longer term move, this is a correction, a 10% drop from the peak. that doesn't mean we're necessarily in a bear market. we'll have to see this drop further to put a stop to the bull market. but this is starting to spark discussions about that. and a lot of nervousness, because the fed, remember, was supposed to raise rates in the fall, potentially in the winter. and now investors are kind of scratching their heads saying hey, is that plan still in place given what's happening in the markets? and not just in the u.s., but globally. the u.s. was really a stalwart for a long time. we've seen the markets down in asia. the uk is officially in correction territory. so this has been happening elsewhere. it's now coming to the u.s. so even though the fed officials today were saying hey, we don't pay attention to day-to-day
moves in the market, you have to imagine they can't ignore this kind of activity. yes, we know on the outskirts of all this is the idea that this is a summer friday. trading is quite liked, that sometimes means you have an increase in volatility, because there aren't enough on either side to make things go as smoothly as normal. but this is a significant marker. >> it's not some act of randomness. it comes at the end of a very tough week on wall street. it comes after weeks and weeks after china has shed numbers and all these concerns that have been coming in that perhaps their economy hasn't been growing as amazingly as it has been in the past. >> and don't forget, china made a move to devalue its currency. that makes the u.s. dollar stronger. what does that mean? that means that companies find it harder, u.s. companies find it harder to sell their goods
overseas. that means the u.s. goods are more expensive. that has investors taking a hard look at the profits of all of the companies in these major indexes, including the dow and s&p. and by the way, we have to keep in mind although we have a direction in the dow, it hasn't really spread to the broader market net, because the s&p isn't hitting that level just yet. the nasdaq, which is more technical, is a bit closer. so we'll have to see those other indices play this trend out, as well. >> i want to bring in the u.s. managing editor for the financial times to talk about this. gillian, we're talking about these big-time investors. what about the little guy, all of us looking at our 401 ks today thinking there's not as much in it today as two days ago. i suspect the answer is don't do anything today. >> absolutely.
the market is suffering from what i like to call, something nasty in the wood shed syndrome. when you think of the financial crisis, that started in the summer vacation period and you had a lot of people that woke up and realized the financial market was dependent on subprime loans and housing and they didn't understand how that was scattered across the system. the issue today isn't housing, it's china. because right across the world, people are waking up and realizing that so much of our global growth, so much of our optimism has been resting on china and the china miracle story that they've become almost complacent about the risk, and the fact that no one understands what's happening inside the chinese economy. what's going on is really a nasty wakeup call, not so much about what we know but about what we don't know. >> andy, you know, some of what we do know isn't so bad. the united states economy continues to create jobs.
corporations in general, except for energy companies, oil companies, have been doing fairly well this summer. >> stocks were priced very high. so that is not connected to the earnings. because the earnings have started slow, but generally you're right. the economy, the united states is still improving. the economy in china is improving, but improving less slowly. one thing i want to touch on is we're relying on leaders, financial leaders, to set things right. in china, the government there tried to bolster the stock market. it was ineffective. here in the united states, we look for the federal reserve to try to help us out. the federal reserve can't cut interest rates again. there's nowhere to go. so i think that's also scaring wall street traders right now, that well, gee, it's not the case that the chinese government is in control or the united states government can bail us out. >> just to bring people up to
speed, or bring people up to if lows, the stock market dropped 530 points today, the dow down 530 points. we're five minutes after the closing bell, we're some 10% off market highs. so this is now officially, christina, a correction. and now we're looking at not just today, which is bad, but we're looking at september. i think a lot of people are wondering right now what is the fed going to do? things had been looking so rosy that the fed had been more than hinting it was about to raise interest rates. but now today, maybe it's going to be different. >> that's right, john. thefe fed has a tough decision make now. even though they would say they're not paying attention to daily market moves, clearly they have to consider some of this nervousness that's out there. like i said, the u.s. had been sort of the stalwart in all of this. so for the fed to say, you know,
we're completely blind to these market moves, it's kind of difficult. and then plus investors don't know what to make of it, right? because if they do raise rates in this environment, that's going to create more panic. that's going to constrict credit and create more potentially panic. again, i want to just caution everyone that this is a move, this is a short-term move. we're going to see how it plays out over the next couple of weeks and months to call this a bear market or get concerned about longer term trends. >> i think we all agree it's bad, but we don't see panic yet. christine romans equated the united states market to being the dirtiest shirt in the pile of dirty laundry. it's bad but it could be much, much worse. it's friday now. what happens monday?
is this one of those things where monday the market bounces back 480 points and we'll forget this will happen? i'm sensing people saying maybe the market is off its highs for a while now. >> the key thing to remember right now is august is a terrible time for any traders to go away on vacation. there was a lot of selling today, but perhaps a key issue now is really what happens next in china? if we see the chinese authorities coming out with some kind of credible plan, some indication they're in control of their economy and they want to try to bolster growth, they will help to reassure nerves. if we see europe or the greece situation improve a bit, that might reassure people. but right now it's a sense of nervousness that's taking over many investors and it's hard to see what's going to break that
in these thin markets. >> so things may not pick up like they often do next week. i want to focus on the last item of that graphic, the plunging oil prices. oil prices are down. they are way down. they're down below $40 a barrel. you're looking at the prices at the pump. a year ago, you could get a gallon of gas for $3.44. today it's $2.63. i just got back from a driving vacation and i loved it. gas prices for great for consumers. but they're starting to get to a level where it's having repercussions on energy countries and energy producing states and maybe the market and the economy as a whole. >> you do need a balance there. gas prices are great for consumers. auto sales, it's great for auto sales, as well. but when you talk about texas, oklahoma, the dakotas, california, there are a lot of people working in the oil and gas business in those states. and you start to see people lose jobs, particularly in the exploration areas where people get hired on a sort of temporary
basis. that could really start to hurt the economy in those states and of course, hurt the employment and economic picture overall. >> as we look at this number again, down 530 points in a day, that's a big number. so as you head into the weekend, looking at that big, bad number on the screen, what should you be thinking? >> well, it certainly is a big, bad number. i guess the key question is, what is this going to do to consumer and investor confidence and what is it going to do to the fed? i've spoken to a number of fed officials in the last few weeks and they are very keen, most of them, to get on with the process of what they would call normalizing rates. even if they only raise rates by a tiny bit, they're keen to cross over that and start the rate-hiking process. the question now is, if they had to delay once again, what is that going to do to the markets?
>> thank you all. happy friday, such as it is. donald trump getting ready to speak to the same-size crowd that rock stars usually get. more than 40,000 people have requested tickets. his main target tonight, jeb. what is he going to say? stay with us. go see. go look through their windows so you can understand their views. . the hes and shes of this mankind are. but your stellar notebook gives hanyou the gumptionlc. to reach for the sky. that's that new gear feeling.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome back to "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake tapper. still more breaking nows on what could be a critical blow in the u.s. campaign against isis. a key terrorist commander killed in a drone strike. u.s. officials tell cnn that he met his maker at the end of a hell fire missile just days ago in iraq. he's the top deputy of isis.
barbara starr, the white house confirmed they believe he was kid. what more can you tell us about this strike and the role that he's played in isis? >> reporter: he was number two in al baghdadi, someone the u.s. wanted to get very badly. a key aide to baghdadi, in charge of operations in baghdad, they believe he coordinated the takeover of mosul, iraq in june of 2014, responsible for operations in iraq a long time isis operative. very interesting how they got him. officials say they had actionable intelligence. that means they knew he was traveling in a vehicle on a road near mosul, iraq, which is an isis stronghold. they were able to launch a missile and get him. this is raising some interesting
questions, john, about the level of u.s. intelligence, about some of these high-value targets, how did they know where he was? and that he would be on that road at that time? it suggests a level of intelligence that may be improving, john. >> maybe they are creeping inside this operation now. barbara, we should say there were reports that mutazz was killed in december and we hear from time to time that these guys get killed and then unc unkilled quickly. >> reporter: back in december, the pentagon announced that three top isis operatives were killed. and mutazz was one of those at the time. we are now told other people have the same name, and they weren't that sure when they said
it. this time they say they are absolutely certain it was him. john, you're right, some of these top operatives that they kill by drones get un-dead. they show up on videos afterwards because the u.s. has simply made a mistake. they think they've got them, but it doesn't prove to be the case. this time today, officials are saying they absolutely did kill him. john? >> this time they're certain. isis number two taken out in iraq. barbara starr, just one aspect of the breaking news today. the stock market down 530 points, worst day in four years. and donald trump speaking to a football-stadium size crowd in a few hours. it's friday. a strange one, too. stay with us. across america, people like basketball hall of famer
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welcome back to "the lead." turning now to politics, we're going to need a bigger venue. that's what the trump campaign said when rsvps started flooding in. so try football stadium big. this is live pictures where it's going to happen. 42,000 people intend to show up in support of donald trump tonight. while trump plays to a fired up fan base, it is the loaded controversial term by him and jeb bush that is raising concerns among latino voters. i want to get to jeff. jeff, you are in des moines and we heard donald trump and even
jeb bush use the phrase anchor babies this past peek when talking about immigration. >> reporter: you're right, john. in a back and forth between trump and bush, we get a sense it's only just beginning. think what's coming up tonight. but not all republicans are ready to jump in to what's becoming the trump primary. we caught up with ted cruz who is eager to be on the sidelines smiling. for republicans, another immigration firestorm. this time over a single phrase, from a single candidate. guess who? >> i'll use the word anchor baby. excuse me, i'll use the word anchor baby. >> reporter: it's a term many consider offensive. and like other donald trump grenades, it's now setting the agenda for the whole feed. ted cruz, who hopes to ciphon some of trump's anti-establishment momentum, said today it was political correctness gone wild. >> the focus on language and pc and bickering back and forth, most people don't give a flip. they're interested in solving
real problems. >> reporter: cruz is holding a rally in iowa tonight as he tries to tap into the trump phenomena. >> some of your rivals are trying to figure out how to run against donald trump. you seem to be running with him. >> i'm a big fan of donald trump and sit a mistake for other republicans to take a stick to donald trump and try to whack him. >> people are talking about anchor babies. >> those are human beings and ultimately they're people. they're not just statistics. >> reporter: and for jeb bush, the term became a problem of his own making after he used the phrase himself in an interview. >> governor, do you regret using the term anchor babies on the radio? >> no, i didn't -- i don't. i don't regret it. do you have a better term? >> i'm not -- i'm asking you. >> you give me a better term and i'll use it. i'm serious.
>> reporter: trump tweeted, jeb bush signed a memo saying not to use the term anchor babies. now he wants to use it because i use it. stay true to yourself. but that tweet, not exactly true. this is the memo. it does say to not use the phrase anchor baby, but it's not signed by bush. so bush fired back with his own swipe. his massive inconsistencies aside, donald trump's immigration plan does not reflect our values. as the gop watches, trump is taking his road show south. his rally tonight in mobile, alabama, was moved to a high school football stadium. his aides expecting 42,000 people, which would be the biggest crowd yet of the campaign. now, here in des moines, ted cruz is planning a rally of his own. only 3,000 people, not exactly trump size. but john, i can tell you, a far, far bigger than most campaign events this time of the year.
usually they're held in the living room in the heat of the summer. but donald trump has changed all of that. >> sure has. let's talk about this. joining me is mitch stewart. former deputy campaign manager for mitt romney, katie packer. mitch, let's talk about this 42,000 seat arena that donald trump is headed to in alabama tonight. i know that political experts like yourself say crowd size doesn't matter. but donald trump is pulling these crowds. bernie sanders is pulling these crowds. i don't think hillary clinton, jeb bush or even president obama could fill a 42,000 seat arena right now. so it does say something, doesn't it? >> the importance of filling a 42,000 person stadium in alabama is much different than filling a 42,000 stadium in iowa or new hampshire or even south carolina. jeff mentioned that, the fact that ted has 3,000 people in des
moines tonight is probably more impactful than having 40,000 people in alabama. >> interesting. katie, let me ask you, donald trump is generating enthuse. . i bet jeb bush would do it in hawaii or alaska to get 42,000. >> i sure he can fill that stadium. but everybody shows up when the carnival comes to town and that's what donald trump is. he shows up and he's a celebrity. he had a massively popular television program. so i think there's a lot of people that will come out because of the curiosity factor weighs in here. but it doesn't necessarily mean they want him to be president of the united states. at the end of the day, i don't think all the candidates are competing to fill a football stadium. they're competing to put forth ideas and hopefully become the leader of the free world.
and i don't think that's something we're seeing in donald trump. >> but katie, isn't it more than just a curiosity? it's become part of the conversation in this republican primary. you have jeb bush now using the term anchor baby, then explaining why in the context with which he used it. you have many of the candidates now being asked questions, not just about that term, but also about birthright citizenship, the idea if you're born in the united states, even if your parents are here illegally, you should be a citizen. listen to what scott walker said when he was being interviewed by cnbc. >> do people misunderstand that you're not for ending it? >> i'm not taking a position one way or the other. >> that's the short version. he refused to say whether he's for birthright citizenship. the fact of the matter is, what donald trump is now saying, what he's campaigning is being put to every other candidate, katie.
>> yeah, and i think that's the dangerous part of the donald trump effect, is everything he says is incredibly inflammatory. it's inconsistent with previous positions he's taken. it's not backed up by fact, and all the candidates have to respond. what we're not talking about hillary clinton using an unsecured server, hillary clinton mischaracterizing how she handled things and really lying to the american people. we're not talking about the republican plans to fix the economy, to make education a priority in this country. we're talking about things that are damaging to our party in a general election and that's something that republican voters can thank donald trump for. >> so mitch, what about that? over the last 24 hours, we've seen jeb bush engage donald trump in ways that he hasn't before. we said he's gone from being the
joyf joyf joyf joyful turtle to the snapping turtle. >> i think you saw in 2007 and 2008 the healthy primary. they were talking about issues that inspired a generation of people to participate to vote. i think you are seeing that again on the democratic side, whether it's secretary clinton or governor o'mally, they're talking about issues that matter to american families. i think what you're seeing on the republican side is the repeat of an unhealthy primary similar to 2012. the real danger for candidates like jeb bush is they're going to follow donald trump down this rabbit hole and wake up and realize they're unelectable. >> how would you advise the 15 or 16 other republican candidates, what would you advise them to change the
conversation from trump to hillary clinton? should they be out there talking about hillary clinton's e-mails, are voters listening to that? >> i think it is important to be mindful of who the mark is, and that's the democrats and the democrat agenda that's failed this country for the last eight years. i think that's important for the candidates to do. i also think that there's a way to go at donald trump that isn't whacking him with a stick, and i think maybe governor bush has had some missteps this week, but he'll get his footing, and the other candidates approaching this in a reasonable manner, i think you saw senator rubio respond in a reasonable manner to say this isn't realistic. the s this guy is not even really a republican. i think it's important to challenge him, but you have to be careful about the approach you take and getting into some bickering fight with donald trump i don't think is effective. >> yeah, it goes on for a while. katie, mitch, great to have you
on with us today. you both seem to get along so well when you're not campaigning against each other. a stern warning from north korea to the south, stop blasting propaganda over the border or face war. now kim jong-un is ordering troops into battle position as south korea vows to respond with force. that's next.
welcome back to "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake tapper on this very busy day. topping our world lead is a possible war looming between north and south korea? kim jong-un ordering troops along the heavily fortified border to prepare for battle. pyongyang is setting a deadline demanding its arch nemesis stop broadcasting anti-north korean propaganda by tomorrow. south korea is not backing down,
responded sternly to the provocation of north korea. yesterday, there was a dramatic escalation there. jim, at this point, how concerned are they? >> reporter: extremely concerned. this is not your typical back and forth and posturing between the north and south. two differences here. one, north korea, more under kim jong-un, we've seen in a whole host of ways. but the south has been tougher under their new leader, the new president there, and there's concern from officials that either side will not back down. south koreans evacuating their homes today near the border, with north korea threatening all-out war. kim jong-un ordered his troops to move to a war footing at this emergency meeting friday, just one day before north korea's deadline for the south to shut
off these giant loud speakers, broadcasting messages critical of the regime. but south korea's president is defying the threat, giving her military full authority to retaliate against north korean attacks, ordering them to take military action first and report back later. fear now that neither side can easily back down. >> i think we're really into a crisis moment right now, and i'm not sure there's an easy way to deescalate this at this point. so i think we all have to keep our seat belts on. >> reporter: tensions on the korean peninsula were already high after two south korean soldiers were wounded by land mines, believe planted by north korea earlier this month. annual military exercises between the u.s. and the south have further angered the north. the pentagon confirmed they suspended the exercises briefly. >> u.s. forces are remaining in an enhanced status as part of
the exercise. and of course, to ensure adequate deterrence on the peninsula. >> reporter: striking that delicate balance has become more difficult, as the north korean regime has become more unpredictable and more threatening. with multiple problems at home. >> the economy is failing. there's food problems and the north korea leader is spending all of his money on nuclear weapons and amusement parks. so there's a real sense that the governing of the regime has broken down. >> reporter: there are three things that u.s. officials are watching right now. one, possible preparations by north korea to launch a short or medium range missile. this deadline that kim jong-un has set at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow, unusual to have a hard deadline like this. but south korea's new policy of nonproportional response. in other words, they will respond to a greater degree than any north korean attack. that sets the ground work for escalation. these annual exercises between
north and south korea -- or the south korea and u.s. are very important. the fact that the u.s. has suspended them shows how concerned they are. >> jim sciutto, thank you very much. i want to talk about the escalating tensions with cnn's tom foreman who is in our virtual room. tom, i want to start with you. as jim was saying, the u.s. is watching the situation pretty closely.160 miles long and divides the peninsula. seoul is about 80 miles north of it. and there are very strong military forces on both sides. have been for about 60 years now. always ready for a possible invasion from the other side. how big are those forces?
they have about 1 million active forces in the north, 600,000 in the south. they've always been ready. this is the area right up here where there's been this shelling across the border. if there is to be more, in all likelihood, the north would target these speakers blasting into the south, in the mountains along the border here. we know there are 11 of these units, and we know there are well within the range of northern artillery and missiles. >> i want to talk more about those speakers in a moment. but jamie, you've been in north korea recently. you spent nine days there this last year. people say look, there's always heated rhetoric between north and south korea. is it different this time? >> in many ways it's the same.
there have been waves where there's greater provocation by north korea. but the north koreans know what lines they can and can't cross. even when they've gone much farther, eventually things have calmed down. at the end of the day, the north koreans know they would be obliterated in military confrontation with the south and the united states. as terrible as this is, i see it more as military theater, as conflict theater, than as a prelude to serious conflict. but we need to respond to it as if it's serious. but i don't think this is likely to get out of hand. >> they're watching it right now and take it seriously. tom, not to make light of it, but a big part of this fight is over south korea playing its music too loud, speakers broadcasting propaganda over the border. how can this lead to shooting?
>> this system is incredibly powerful. this speaker system, if you had one unit down here on the border and you were using it to broadcast over into north korea, in the day, it can reach about six miles. by night when the air is lighter, it can reach about 12 miles in. as jim mentioned, they've been sharpening their messages against north korean leadership. when the north koreans try to broadcast back, they don't have this equipment. they can only reach about a mile, so they can't even get through the two-mile dmz. so there is a technological change here that is allowing the south to push harder at the north with this propaganda, and the north is responding with not a lot of patience. >> speaker wars here. jamie, how does this deescalate? >> there has to be some kind of mini negotiation.
north korea clearly doesn't want war. they know, as i mentioned a moment ago, they'll lose a car. so they're going to have to pull back. but they've set this hard deadline of about 24 hours from now for these broadcasts to stop. >> does south korea turn down the volume? >> for 11 years, they've had this broadcast capability and it's been turned off. and in response to the north koreans plant thing land mine, they turned it back on. this is one lever, and i think as north korea pulls back, i'm sure south korea will turn off these broadcasts. >> great to have you both with us. thank you so much. for us, a scary trend in airports across the country. an increase in close calls on the runway. why so many mistakes right now and what's being done about them? but first, a dire situation in washington state. wildfires there raging out of
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we're back with the explosion of wildfires. 259 wildfires are burning right now in 17 states, mostly in the west. the situation most dire in washington state where a desperate call for help has gone up. more than 100 structures have been burned. about 3,000 firefighters are on the ground. president obama just signed an emergency declaration allowing federal resources to move in. now for the first time ever, firefighters are asking for volunteers to help. many will put themselves in the same danger that killed three firefighters earlier this week. cnn is following this emergency situation. >> reporter: in washington state, the eerie glow of wildfires, some looking like lava flowing from a volcano. >> these fires have burned a big
hole in our state's heart. >> reporter: a funeral procession for three firefighters killed earlier this week. the youngest victim was just getting ready to ead off for his junior year of college. >> we're going to miss him more than anything else. >> reporter: now 200 active duty soldiers head to the fire line this weekend. civilians are also joining in the wildfire campaign, with a formal invitation from the state. this citizen firefighter is watching for flare-ups. >> we'll go drive around and see if we can find something out, grab a shovel and put hot spots out, whatever it takes. >> reporter: some evacuees camped in home depot parking lot. >> it's so sad, because i love where we live.
>> reporter: near kings canyon national park, one of 17 active wildfires in california has scorched some 40,000 acres. officials predict thunderstorms, the single greatest cause of the rash of fires, won't be a factor in the next couple of days, but wind will. >> it makes it very difficult, if not impossible. to utilize aviation resources on a day like this. it's just a very challenging day. >> just more potential trouble for fire crews also scaring down what some first responders are calling a hell storm. >> we are following breaking
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this breaking news just in to cnn. a terrorist attack in france. a brazen shooting aboard a high speed train headed to paris. let's go to correspondent pamela brown. what do you know? >> reporter: according to counterterrorism sources in europe, the attack on a train going from amsterdam to paris today is believed to be a terrorist attack, an islamist terrorist attack. the gunman, who is a moroccan national, had been on the radar of counterterrorism officials in europe, especially french intelligence. and a second security source in europe says it appears the gunman was sympathetic to isis, but a full determination on his special loyalties have yet to be reached. a french official said there were two americans on board, and one of the americans apparently helped subdue the attacker.
the french official commending both americans on board for their role. two were wounded, the american and britain with a knife wound and gunshot wound. >> pam a brown, thank you so much. more to come on this, on what exactly went on that train. some scary incidents in the air. luckily no one was injured in either of these incidents, but now there's new concern about planes before they leave the ground. renee marsh has this story. >> reporter: this southwest airlines flight landed nose first at laguardia airport. a delta plane skidded off the runway at that same airport, narrowly avoiding plunging into a bay. and just this weekend, a us airways flight made a crash
landing in north carolina. government data shows new concerns about planes while still on the ground. runway mishaps are up 27% since 2010, with more than 1200 so far this year. >> we've got more traffic. there are more planes out there. we have better technology that monitors this and we can count it better. >> reporter: what the faa calls runway incursions, planes clipping each other, getting dangerously close or a fatal collision. >> the most fatal accident in history was a runway accident where two 747s collided. >> reporter: incursions have
increased by 25% over the last ten years. the faa has been working very hard to reduce the number of incidents. we know from 2008 to now, they've reduced it by 44%. however, they are concerned that slightly in the last few months that we've seen a slight uptick. >> renee, thank you so much. now turning it over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now. warning of war. after an exchange of artillery fire, north korea says it's closer to war with the south and kim jong-un's troops are waiting for an order to attack. american troops are right in the middle of all this, holding military drills with the south as tensions soar. isis deputy killed. the number two